Asked • 03/01/20

Ser y Estar / When should I use the verbs ser and estar?

Ser and estar both mean "to be", when should I use each one?

Ser y estar significan "to be", ¿en cuál situación debería usar cada uno?

Mathilde B.

In Spanish, "ser" and "estar" add nuance to the meaning of "to be" by differentiating permanent or temporary states of being. "Ser" is used to describe people how a person generally is, what they look like, what they do, or where they are from. These things usually do not change. It is also used to tell time. Soy una mujer. Soy alta. Soy tutora. Soy de Luisiana. Son las cinco de la tarde. "Estar" is used to describe feelings, conditions, and locations. It is also used grammatically with a participle to describe an action. These are things that will change depending on the time. Estoy relajada. Estoy en mi cocina. Mi computadora está en la mesa. Estoy comiendo una manzana.


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